Jake Shields calls Conor McGregor jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis 'kind of a baby' after grappling win
As good as Shields felt handing Danis a loss, he needs to see the money before he’s compelled to give the young grappling star and Conor McGregor coach another shot.
“I’m debating if it’s something I want to deal with, or if I just want to take my win and let him deal with it and simmer on it, or beat him again,” Shields told MMAjunkie Radio after his win at Submission Underground 4 on Sunday. “I think I can beat him a lot worse, so a part of me wants to go out there and submit him, or part of it is I can move on and face him later down the road. It depends on if they offer me good money or not.”
Shields (31-8-1 MMA) beat Danis (0-0 MMA) in overtime after a 10-minute round failed to produce a submission at the Flo Grappling-streamed event at Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore. It was a major upset given Danis’ success in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and gave Shields some bragging rights after clashing with the grappling whiz outside the cage.
Shields doused Danis in coffee during a UFC 202 press conference melee that produced fines and community service for their respective charges, Nate Diaz and current UFC lightweight champ McGregor. The Submission Underground match was subsequently booked to capitalize on the bad blood.
In a recent Instagram post, Danis seemed to complain about the rule set, but Shields counters that even under more traditional jiu-jitsu rules, he still would have taken home the win.
“I would have beat him, too, if it would have been the standard (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) points,” Shields said. “So I’m not sure why he’s trying to act why it’s the rule set. The kid’s kind of a baby.
“Just take your loss like a man. If you’re already bitching about it the next day, it’s like, c’mon.”
With the grudge match settled for the moment, Shields plans to let it ride and compete at a Polaris grappling competition on Aug. 19 in London. As for MMA, he remains unbooked. The WSOF, who holds him under contract, has yet to issue its plans after a change in ownership and rebranding as the Professional Fighters League.
Shields might derive even more satisfaction from an MMA bout with the 0-0 Danis, but even he acknowledges that’s a fantasy that will never come true.
“He would have to do some fights first,” Shields said. “Hey, if they wanted to pay me to step in, but it would make no sense. It would be a very stupid move on his part. If the kid was smart, he’d try to get at least five easy fights, and then start fighting tougher people.”
Then again, with his recent success in grappling, might Shields pivot to focus on his mat work? Perhaps, he said, but the money to be made in fighting dwarfs the payouts possible in jiu-jitsu.
“I always have love for grappling; there was just never any money in it,” he said. “So it was hard for me to want to compete when you’re used to getting paid. It’s not the same kind of money as fighting, but it’s nice they’re doing these tournaments like pro.”
In any event, against Danis, he showed exactly what a longtime combat sports professional could do against a young up-and-comer.
Publication Date: May 19, 2017, 2:30 pm
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